#UNSEENBROADWAY: The Missing Ladies of Theatre

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A Broadway show has a lot of ladies. The leading ladies. The supporting ladies. The Ensemblist ladies. They are written into the script. They’re required to be there. But what about the ladies who make the show exist? These are the ones who remain unseen to the public, and given the current ratio of men to women, barely exist.

The recent inspired rant over at The Craptacular holds a rather large spotlight up to a Broadway landscape, severely lacking in women on the creative side. We have plenty of divas on stage, but when it comes to those who sit behind the table, women were actually better represented on Smash. In fact, the most unbelievable part of Birdman is that the head critic for the New York Times is a woman. The Broadway we show outsiders paints a rather unrealistic picture. One we should be hanging up and aspiring to emulate.

That’s not to say the current creative women of Broadway aren’t thriving themselves. Stroman. Paulus. Ahrens. Pam MacKinnon. Daryl Roth. Tara Rubin. Etc. These are incredible minds that only prove we need more like them.

I don’t know who The Powers That Be are. If I did, I’d be one. The best thing we can do is put it out there and hope someone hears us. That’s why I’d like to start a feature series highlighting some of Broadway’s unseen directors, choreographers, writers, producers, etc. Women who, for whatever reason, have not quite had their due. I want you to help me.

So Tweet me. E-mail me. Comment on this blog. Messenger pigeon if you must. Use the hashtag #UnseenBroadway. Who should we be looking at? I’ve got plenty of ideas, and I want yours, too.

This experiment is also great, because the more women we feature, the better the chances are that one of them will hire me!

Theatrically Yours,

A.F.

#UnseenBroadway

5 comments

  1. LB

    Mary Mitchell Campbell, Lynne Shankel, Kristen Blodgette, Carmel Dean, Leslie Stifleman, Kimberly Grigsby, Deborah Abrahmson – all Broadway Music Directors and Conductors

  2. Madison

    Sue Wagner. She was a leading producer on Gentleman’s Guide and a ton of other things and is a producer for Joey Parnes. I would love to hear more about her!

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